We aim to reshape international giving. We’re backed by GiveWell, Google.org and – most importantly – rigorous evidence.

Basic Income

This year, we plan to provide entire communities of people a basic income: regular cash payments that are enough for them to live on, for more than 10 years. To do that, we need your help.

Evidence

Earnings

+34%

Assets

+58%

Hunger

42%

Our impact on recipient households has been documented by a rigorous third-party experimental evaluation (RCT), considered the gold standard for evidence. Read more [pdf]

Discussion

GiveDirectly made headlines when co-founders Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus announced our intention to run a basic income project. Check out a short selection of stories.
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Performance

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We're averaging per dollar placed directly in the hands of the poor. Read more

Performance

We publish our internal, unedited performance data. In February, we sent initial payments to over 2,000 families, even though many initial payments were delayed due to elections in Uganda. These elections also contributed to slowing down our operational productivity. Large-scale wrap-ups of earlier campaigns meant a decrease in turnaround time; we were sending some of the last initial payments for older campaigns.

Who We Serve

Take a walk through a village in Siaya County, Kenya, meeting both recipients and non-recipients. Read more...

Evidence

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Evaluations underway or completed

We address policy questions that keep emerging-market leaders up at night. Studies in progress examine the optimal design and macroeconomic impact of transfers. Read more